Elecnor's 50-MW wind farm gets Valencian govt nod to start ops

Wind farm in Spain. Author: Iker Merodio. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

April 9 (Renewables Now) - The 50-MW Cofrentes onshore wind farm in Spain’s Valencian Community has been given the permit to commence operations, the region’s ministry for sustainable economy announced on Wednesday.

The Cofrentes project was developed by Spanish infrastructure builder Elecnor SA (BME:ENO) through its wind unit Enerfin Sociedad de Energia SL. Elecnor said last June that the total investment in the project was estimated to reach EUR 53 million (USD 57.6m).

The wind farm will operate under a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) that Elecnor signed with Spanish oil-and-gas company Compania Espanola de Petroleos SA, better known as Cepsa.

Cofrentes in equipped with 13 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy. It is expected to generate some 155,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power to meet consumption needs of around 43,000 households.

According to Spanish wind energy association AEE, the Valencian Community had 1,189 MW of total installed wind power capacity at the end of 2019. Before Cofrentes, the last time that Spain’s Mediterranean region commissioned a wind farm was more than eight years ago, the ministry said.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.087)

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